Embrace Your Voice this Sexual Assault Awareness Month

By Joanna Flanagan April is designated as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). It is a time to speak out against sexual violence, raise awareness of the issue, and educate others about prevention.    This year’s SAAM theme, “Embrace Your Voice,” aims to inform individuals on how they can use

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How to Give a Compassionate Response to Survivors of Sexual Assault

By Jessica Stepensky One of the most valuable skills we can have as human beings is knowing how to respond with empathy and compassion when a person is experiencing pain or suffering. There is currently a huge shift taking place in this country. The #MeToo movement has been fueled by

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There Is No One Way To Be A Survivor Of Sexual Assault

by Amanda Mendoza Sexual violence impacts every aspect of an individual’s life, regardless of age, gender, race, or sexual orientation. Whether the perpetrator was a friend, family member, stranger, intimate partner, co-worker, or acquaintance, sexual assault is a traumatic experience. Because trauma affects everyone differently, there is no right or

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Is Counselor Advocate Training Class Right For You?

By Liz Halla-Mattingly “CAT class made me finally find my passion in life. I always wanted to help women and after a few bumps in the road and deciding OB/GYN was not for me, CAT class showed me the way. Not only that but the credentials that come with CAT

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How You Can Help Change the Culture Around Sexual Violence

By Joanna Flanagan April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a month dedicated to raising awareness of sexual violence in our culture and what individuals can do to change that culture. Sexual violence is a very real piece of our community. According to the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence, nearly

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